Vegetable oil spills on Charlotte highway after I-485 crash

The interstate lanes from Ballantyne headed towards Pineville were closed for four hours Tuesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — All lanes of Interstate 485 inner loop between Ballantyne and Pineville have reopened after a truck carrying vegetable oil overturned Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 1 p.m., emergency personnel responded to reports of a crash involving an overturned truck. Once on-scene, first responders found the truck had spilled vegetable oil on the roadway.

The crash had closed all lanes of the inner loop between Johnston Rd (Exit 61) and Pineville-Matthews Road / NC 51 (Exit  64). 

A few minutes after 5 p.m., the lanes were reopened in time for the evening rush hour.

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The outer loop lanes, which travel from Pineville towards Matthews, were congested as a result of the crash. The left lane of the outer loop was initially also closed as a result of the crash, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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Medic treated one person for non-life-threatening injuries.

Crews were able to upright the truck and tow it away before cleaning the vegetable oil from the roadway.

Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes, including Pineville-Matthews Road via Rea Road, or Lancaster Highway via Johnston Road.

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